Convicted felon arrested, found with fake sheriff’s badge and handgun

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A convicted felon was arrested after he was found in possession of a fake badge and weapons.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Whidden Koors, 39, Thursday night after he was found with a fake sheriff’s badge and a loaded handgun outside Emergency Pet Hospital of Collier County.

“What’s he doing with a gun, right?” Tom Moran said. “He’s a convicted felon.”

Moran said things are getting out of control.

“It’s no different than people walking around with fake ID’s, fake passports, fake driver’s license, fake voter cards,” Moran said. “I mean it’s all over the place.”

The arrest was made in the parking lot of the animal hospital after it was closed.

Deputies said they pulled up when they saw a group of people loitering. Two individuals were known gang members.

“That sounds a little scary to me,” said Erik Madison owner of the hospital. “It does seem like people want to use our parking lot to go to the businesses next door.”

Madison said he and his staff often see suspicious activity outside the business, including random cars pulling into their lot after hospital hours.

While WINK News was on scene, deputies were making an arrest on warrant at another scene at the next-door motel.

“No one ever bothers us,” Madison said. “We lock the doors late at night. We have security all over the place, panic buttons. So, no, haven’t had a reason to worry yet.”

Koors is in jail without bond. This is the sixth time Collier deputies arrested him since November 2011.

“Just be careful,” Moran said. “What else can you do?”

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